NUCLEAR WASTE SHIPMENT ENTERED EEZ'S OF SOLOMON ISLANDS, NEW CALEDONIA,

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AND AUSTRALIA: GREENPEACE

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (July 31, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---The international environmental organization, Greenpeace, says British Meteorological Office reports show that a ship carrying highly radioactive nuclear waste passed within 100 miles of the Solomon Islands, about 60 miles from New Caledonia, and inside Australia's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) earlier this year.

Involved was the Pacific Teal, a British-flagged freighter carrying nuclear waste from a French reprocessing plant to Japan.

Shipments of plutonium and nuclear waste, conducted by Japan, France, and the UK in 1992 and again early this year, have generated vocal international concern.

Many Pacific Islands states, says Greenpeace spokesperson Stephanie Mills, opposed the Pacific Teal's transit through the region."

Among the nations prohibiting such shipments within their EEZ's are New Zealand, Chile, and Malaysia

Greenpeace campaigner in Honiara, Philip Pupuka, said "These shipments bring no benefits to the Solomon Islands. If there were an accident involving a shipment off our coast, radioactive contamination would put our fisheries, our seas, and our health at grave risk

The Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior currently is in Honiara, the Solomons capital, promoting public awareness of the dangers of plutonium and nuclear waste shipments.

Earlier, the Rainbow Warrior made calls in the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. It sails next to Papua New Guinea.

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